India eye Malaysia friendly success

Newly-appointed India coach Savio Medeira is confident of success when his side play Malaysia in a friendly at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.

India ready to battle Malaysia in Friendly

By Upender Singh

With Medeira looking on, the Indian squad trained together after arriving on Saturay evening ahead of the match against a visiting team who are currently ranked 151 in the FIFA Rankings and 27th in the Asian Football Confederation. India are ranked 160th by FIFA.

Despite Malaysia's slight ranking advantage and the fact that they are the reigning ASEAN champions, Medeira has faith in his charges.

“We are confident and unperturbed by Malaysia’s ranking," Medeira, who was assistant to former national team coaches Bobby Houghton and Armando Colaco.

"We are a young and developing team with a lot of confidence. We have quality players in Jeje Lalpeklua, Sunil Chhetri, Jewel Raja and many more who can take on any team on any given day. We have got to have belief in ourselves.

“Malaysia are a capable side. The exuberance of youth stands out. This match will surely be a very good challenge for us. They have been playing very well in the recent past under coach K. Rajagopal. We need to be careful.”

Star Indian striker, Sunil Chhetri, who it has been revealed will have a trial with Scottish champions Rangers, was also aware of the challenge the Malaysia side will pose.

“Malaysia are a very nippy side. We had played against them in the Afro Asian games in Hyderabad where we drew with them. We can’t be complacent,” he said.

Kick-off is slated for 5:45pm IST. The Governor of Assam, Shri Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, and the Chief Minister of the State, Shri Tarun Gogoi, will be the Guests of Honour.

The two teams are scheduled to play a second firendly in Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium on November 16.

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